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Mount Elbert NE Ridge - Standard Route
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Mount Elbert NE Ridge - Standard RouteSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking9.30 Miles 4,500 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   7 Hrs   14 Mns   1.83 mph
4,500 ft AEG   2 Hrs   9 Mns Break
 
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Being how Mount Elbert is the 2nd highest peak in the continental US, it seemed to be a good choice for our last 14er of the week. The trail was better than the other 3 14ers that we did during the week, but the distance, elevation gain, and altitude made it the toughest hike of the week. That said, this hike is supposed to be one of the least difficult 14ers, and that is probably true.

We got to the TH at 6AM, which was 30 minutes before sunrise, and the parking lot was almost full. By the time we got started on the hike, there was enough light to see, so my headlamp was not necessary.

The TH was at just over 10,000', and we hiked through a forest of trees until we got to the treeline at about 11,850'. So until that point, there wasn't much in the way of views. The views were really nice beyond that point, and were awesome at the summit. The trail was pretty steep after the first 1.5 miles or so -- I think that you gain about 3,900' in altitude over a little over 3 miles.

On the way back down we took a break at the treeline and saw some gray jays -- that was the only wildlife that we saw on the hike.
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